Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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Meetings at City Hall Apr 20 – 24

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Transportation Committee – Monday, April 20, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 10, 2015
  • Semi-annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2014 and Q3 2014
  • Lansdowne Transportation Monitoring Operations Committee (LTMOC) – 2014 Update
  • Elgin Street Outdoor Patio Pilot Project
  • Outdoor Patio Fee Review

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, April 20, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chair of the Board of Health Verbal Report
  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Building a Healthier Ottawa – Ottawa Public Health Strategic Plan 2015 to 2018
  • Ottawa Public Health’s 2014 Annual Report
  • Healthy Start – Part 2: Infant Health
  • Approval for Participation in Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Multi-Year Funding Agreement for the Construction Industry Tobacco Cessation Project
  • Quality Improvement Plan Update
  • Ottawa Board of Health Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreement Year-End Results
  • 2015 Operating Budget Q1 – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status Report
  • Attendance at the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) 2015 Annual Conference

Environment Committee – Tuesday, April 21, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Environment Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 14 2015
  • General Accounts – Water Write-Offs and Repayment Agreements Executed in 2014
  • Semi-annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2014 and Q3 2014
  • Staff comments on the Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre
  • Green Building Policy – 2014 Status Report

Transit Commission – Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – Annual Report and Detailed Audit Reports
  • Status Update – Transit Commission Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 10, 2015
  • General Accounts – Write-Offs 2014
  • Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 for Transit Services
  • Transit Services 2014 Customer Survey
  • Equity and Inclusion Lens Update
  • Transit Service During Confederation Line Construction – Transitway Closure Hurdman to Blair


Meetings at City Hall This Week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Planning Committee – Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Designation of the City of Ottawa Workshops, 7 Bayview Road, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application for New Construction at 239-241 Bank Street, A Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Construct a New Structure at 7 Clarence Street, A Property Located in the Byward Market Heritage Conservation District and Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2014 and Q3 2014
  • Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario (IAH) 2014 Extension Program
  • Zoning and Plan of Subdivision – 6279 Fernbank Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 68 Cooper Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 250, 266, 268, 272 And 274 Parkdale Avenue, 1518 Scott Street, 9, 11 and 13 Bullman Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Parts of 4798 Bank Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1423 And 1449 Earl Armstrong Road and 4509 and 4515 Limebank Road
  • March Road Wastewater Pumping Station Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study

Ottawa Public Library Board – Tuesday, April 14, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 15, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Community and Protective Services Committee –Thursday, April 16, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) Update
  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 9, 2015
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2014 and Q3 2014
  • 2015 Child Care Service Plan – A Funding Framework for Families and their Children Accessing Not-For-Profit Licensed Child Care
  • Emergency Management Accreditation Program
  • Security and Emergency Management Branch – Annual Update
  • Harmonization of Recreation Fees

French Language Services Advisory Committee – Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Election Compliance Audit Committee – Friday, April 17, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
  • Election Compliance Audit Committee – Terms of Reference
  • Election Compliance Audit Committee – Rules of Procedure


Open House re expansion of Ecole Publique Kanata

Join me at a public open house at the École Élémentaire Publique Kanata on April 1st, from 4-6 pm, to see their plans for a 21-classroom addition on their site –to replace the existing portable complex behind the school.  Until the addition is finished (planned for Dec. 31, 2015) more individual portables will be needed at the side of the building.  This creates a problem in accessing the site for the construction. The School Board has asked permission from the City to put in a temporary lane, through Klondike Park, from Laxford to the rear yard of the school. Come to the Open House for details.


Rogers Home Time Hockey in Kanata

This is a great opportunity to participate in a fabulous event. This is the first time the event is being held in Kanata, located at the Kanata Recreation Centre in Walter Baker Park. This weekend outdoor hockey festival will be packed with activities for all ages. There will be a live TV show broadcast on Sunday with Ron MacLean from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio and a chance to meet NHL Alumni, local hockey heroes and celebrities. The entire festival will culminate with Ron hosting the broadcast of the Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL game from the mobile studio on Sunday evening. More info: http://www.hometownhockey.com/events/kanata-on/


Daniel Alfredsson receives Key to the City

On behalf of Mayor Jim Watson, Deputy Mayor Bob Monette tonight presented Mr. Daniel Alfredsson with the City’s most prestigious award, the Key to the City, during a special ceremony in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to professional hockey, and for his off-ice leadership and advocacy with the Ottawa Senators Foundation, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

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“It is such an incredible honour to have Daniel Alfredsson back in Ottawa, and to present him with the Key to the City in recognition of his many accomplishments both as a leader on the ice and in the community,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

Daniel Alfredsson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and was drafted by the Ottawa Senators during the 1994 NHL entry draft. Affectionately known as “Alfie” by Ottawa Senators fans, he won numerous awards, including the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year during his first season, and held the position of Captain from 1999 to 2013. Daniel Alfredsson played 18 seasons in the NHL, all but one with the Ottawa Senators. He played his final year with the Detroit Red Wings, but returned to Ottawa on December 3, 2014, signing a one-day contract to retire as an Ottawa Senator. Wearing his Number 11 Senators captain’s jersey one last time, Alfie received a standing ovation from fans during a ceremonial skate around the rink before the start of Ottawa’s home game.

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“Words cannot adequately express how I feel tonight,” said Daniel Alfredsson. “This city and the people of Ottawa have made our family feel so welcome during our life here. I am truly humbled to be receiving this special honour. Thank you so much.”

The City of Ottawa previously recognized the Ottawa Senators’ Captain by declaring April 10, 2010 “Daniel Alfredsson Day” in honour of his 1,000 NHL game.

In addition to his tireless work and support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, he was also a champion for people suffering from mental health, lending his name and face in support of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health “You Know Who I Am” campaign as a way to help eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental health. Daniel Alfredsson was also a staunch supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and made many unannounced visits to the kids at CHEO.

Mr. Alfredsson also holds the Senators record for goals, assists and points; the Senators record for highest +/- rating in a season, set in 2006-07 with a +42; the Senators record for most points in a regular season game, set in 2007-08 with three goals and four assists for seven points; the Senators playoff records for most games played, goals, assists and points; and won a gold medal for Sweden during the 2006 Olympics.

Daniel Alfredsson married his long-time girlfriend Birgitta (née Backman) on July 31, 2004. They are parents of four sons; Hugo, Loui, Fenix and William Erik.

The Key to the City was first presented in 1935 by His Worship Stanley Lewis to Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada and his wife Lady Tweedsmuir. Other Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, actress Sandra Oh, and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.

 


Older Adults Consultation

The City adopted an Older Adult Plan in 2012.  On Wed March 18 from 9 am to 3:30 pm join me at City Hall at a consultation to help shape the plan for 2015 – 2018.  Feedback acquired at this event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults, including access to essential supports, programs and services.  Lunch will be provided.  Register now – click here.


City seeks nominations for 2015 Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards

The City of Ottawa is inviting residents to submit nominations for the 2015 Bruce Timmermans Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that proactively and publicly promote the benefits and virtues of cycling as a principal mode of transportation.

Nominations are sought in both the individual and organizational categories and must be received by end of day on Friday, March 27.

A long-time cycling educator and advocate, Bruce Timmermans was an active member of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling. He worked tirelessly to promote cycling and the City has presented these awards in his honour every year since 1999.

Printable and online forms can be found at ottawa.ca/bta along with details on how to submit nominations.


Meetings at City Hall Mar 2 – 6

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Noticeson ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, March 2, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Declaration of Office of new Board of Health members
  • Election of Board of Health Chair and Vice-Chair
  • Chair of the Board of Health Verbal Report
  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Draft Board of Health 2015 Operating Budget
  • Amendments to Ottawa Board of Health Policies and By-laws
  • 2014 Operating Budget Year End Results – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status
  • Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period of October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Agenda

Finance and Economic Development Committee –Tuesday, March 3, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Finance and Economic Development Committee
  • Information Technology Sub-Committee Terms of Reference
  • 2014 Statement of Remuneration, Benefits and Expenses Paid to Members of Council and Council Appointees
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 890-900 Bank Street
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 852 Bank Street
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 235-241 Bank Street and 318-320 Lisgar
  • Amendments of the Terms of Sale 2720 Richmond Road, Former Grant Alternative School to Centre Multiservices Francophone De L’Ouest (CMFO) Including Approval of First Mortgage on the Property

Agenda

Ottawa Public Library Board –Tuesday, March 3, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

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Transportation Committee – Wednesday, March 4, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Improving Vehicle Safety and the City’s Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration Rating
  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Tax and Rate Supported

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m., The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Tax and Rate Supported
  • Monahan Creek Municipal Drain South of Hope Side Road Modifications and Improvements
  • Rural Association Partnership Program and Rural Community-Building Grant Program Updates
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 3981 Farmview Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 4045 Highway 17
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 101 Spindrift Circle, Part of 589 Chriscraft Way and 804 Percival Crescent
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2227 Yorks Corners Road

Agenda

Board of Health Strategic Planning Session – Friday, March 6 , 9 a.m., Nepean Sailing Club, 3259 Carling Avenue


Wildlife Speaker Series

The City of Ottawa’s Wildlife Series is presenting a panel discussion on wildlife conservation in urban areas on March 2, the eve of World Wildlife Day. Tradeshow at 6pm, followed by the panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West).

The panel will include Councillor David Chernushenko, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee, Janet Mason, Chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council, and Brenda Van Sleeuwen, a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, who will share their experiences on how cities and communities can contribute to wildlife conservation.

Visit ottawa.ca for more information and to register online for this free event.

The City’s Wildlife Series was approved by Council as part of the City’s overarching Wildlife Strategy and started with four sessions in 2014, covering the topics of: coyotes, backyard biodiversity, white-tailed deer, and winter birds. The series provides staff with an opportunity to promote public awareness of seasonal wildlife issues, as well as environmental initiatives and programs.

The Wildlife Speaker Series features experts on wildlife and wildlife issues, and promotes co-existence through understanding and respect. Each session also features an open house-style exposition of displays by City staff and local environmental organizations.

The United Nations has proclaimed World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wildlife and their habitats, and to raise awareness of the benefits conservation provides to people.

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Free Session: Effective Tax Strategies

Effective Tax strategies – FREE session at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

Effective Tax strategies: Free session – everyone is welcome!
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (Please register by February 20, 2015)

Are you living on low or moderate income, a family with children, or an individual wanting to know more about the ever-changing tax laws?

With this free session you can learn how to be proactive in your tax planning and record-keeping. Find out about the three main categories for tax planning: reducing income subject to tax, maximizing deductions, and using all allowable tax credits. Sign up today!


March Break camps offer adventures in your neighbourhood

School will be out from March 16 to 20 for March Break, and the City is offering a week of fun-filled activities with more than 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, swimming and more.

Register now for March Break camps. Find your neighbourhood adventure online at ottawa.ca/recreation:

  • Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps.
  • Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing.
  • Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps.
  • Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps.
  • Get messy with clay, paints and glue.
  • Work on your leadership skills and make new friends.

Ottawa’s largest selection of camps comes with enthusiastic and trained leaders. Our programs offer top value and quality you can trust.

Registration can be done online, or visit a recreation facility or Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with all your registration needs.


Nordion announces landmark Canada-US partnership agreement

OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2015 /CNW/ – Sterigenics International LLC and subsidiary Nordion, announced today agreements with General Atomics and the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR®) to establish a new, reliable supply of medical isotopes that will serve millions of patients around the world.

“Achieving a long-term supply of medical isotopes for our global customers has been our highest priority,” saidMichael Mulhern, CEO, Sterigenics International LLC. “Our new partnerships with General Atomics and MURR very much reflect our ongoing commitment to improving global public health.”

“Today’s announcement will ensure Nordion has a secure long-term supply of medical isotopes, which will consolidate our leadership position in this business. That is great news for our company, for our employees, our customers and patients around the world,” said Mr. Tom Burnett, President, Medical Isotopes, Nordion.  “Nordion has found what we believe is the best global solution for the industry – a combination of our best-in-class medical isotope capabilities, with the world-class nuclear reactor and innovative target design expertise of General Atomics and the unparalleled reliability of the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), a leading U.S. research reactor centre and radioisotope supplier.”

A medical isotope is a safe radioactive substance used by health professionals to assist in the diagnosis of approximately 50 million patients in North America and around the world every year. The most important of these medical isotopes is technetium-99m (Tc-99m), derived from molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), used in more than 80 percent of all nuclear medicine procedures. Nordion pioneered the efforts to develop the first commercial supply of fission-based Mo-99, bringing it to market 40 years ago. This development enabled the dramatically expanded use of Tc-99m compounds and applications that have become the gold-standard in nuclear medicine today.

Nordion’s current supply of Mo-99 is from the National Research Universal reactor (NRU) at Chalk River, Ontario, operated by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). The NRU is scheduled to cease routine production of Mo-99 inNovember 2016. However the Government of Canada announced recently that it will support the extension of the NRU operations until March 31, 2018 to help support global medical isotope demand in the unexpected circumstances of shortages during this time.

“Today’s announcement highlights the latest achievement in the production of medical isotopes, supporting global cooperation and ensuring security of supply,” said Hon. Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “We’re pleased to be working with Nordion and others as part of our global cooperation to advance development and production of medical isotopes.”

This new medical isotope supply will be produced using General Atomics’ innovative Selective Gaseous Extraction (SGE) technology. The targets used will incorporate Low Enriched Uranium (LEU), in line with Nordion’s commitment to the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative. The California-based technology firm brings fifty-seven years of experience and success in reactor and fuel target design to this partnership. The General Atomics TRIGA® is the most widely used research reactor in the world with 66 facilities in 23 countries on five continents.

“We are very pleased to work with world-class organizations like Nordion and MURR to solve a major medical isotope supply problem for North America that affects the lives of millions of people,” said Dr. John Parmentola, General Atomics Senior Vice President of Energy and Advanced Concepts.

“As a public research institution, MURR is pleased to support the General Atomics SGE technology. MURR has worked with Nordion for more than 20 years and is proud to be involved in a partnership that will become an important U.S. source of Mo-99,” said Ralph Butler, Executive Director of MURR.  “We take our role in meeting patient needs very seriously, and we are fortunate in Missouri to have such a well-designed reactor and an outstanding staff enabling us to accommodate this important need in the medical community.”

With project planning and pre-work well underway, Nordion and its partners expect routine supply to begin in 2017.

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Kanata North Environmental Studies Information Meeting

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View or Download a copy of the public meeting presentation:  March 4 2015 Presentation
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South March Highlands Blanding’s Turtle Conservation Needs Assessment and Shirley’s Brook and Watts Creek Stormwater Management Study – Phase 2

March 4, 2015
7 to 9 p.m.
All Saints High School
5115 Kanata Avenue

City staff will present information and answer questions in relation to two final reports on environmental studies in Kanata North.  These reports will provide information about the Blanding’s turtle population studies, existing drainage conditions in the Shirley’s Brook and Watts Creek subwatersheds and further studies required to support the stormwater management solution for the Kanata North Lands development phases 7, 8 and 9.

Residents can read the blandings turtle report on ottawa.ca.

View or Download a copy of the public meeting presentation:  March 4 2015 Presentation

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact Nick Stow no later than March 2, 2015.  

For more information, contact:

South March Needs Assessment
Nick Stow, Planner
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13000
e-mail: nick.stow@ottawa.ca

Shirley’s Brook and Watts Creek Study
Darlene Conway, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Avenue
Ottawa ON  K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27611
e-mail: darlene.conway@ottawa.ca


Paint it Up!

If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!

Now in its sixth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for community groups and at-risk youth to create murals in areas of the city that are experiencing high rates of graffiti vandalism. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved over 800 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, working on 43 projects across the city supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.

From CPO Ottawa:

Funding is available for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods.

Check out the past five years of murals with our new video.

For more information about funding, please visit www.crimepreventionottawa.ca, for the program guidelines and application form.

Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or received by 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015.

Please join us for one of our information sessions:

Monday, Feb 23 1:30-3:00pm
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, 1st floor Festival Boardroom

or

Tuesday, Feb 24 5:30-7:00pm
Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street, Workshop 2

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by e-mail to cpo@ottawa.ca or leave a message at 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. If you require special needs accommodation, please advise upon registration.


Meetings at City Hall Feb 16 – Feb 20

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, February 23, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets – Public Delegations and Approval
  • Federal Funding for Unique Policing Costs
  • Performance Report – Fourth Quarter 2014
  • Positive Workplace – 2014 Annual Report
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – February 2015
  • Letters of Commendation

Agenda

Information Technology Sub-committee – Monday, February 23, 2 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Information Technology Sub-Committee Terms of Reference
  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Tax and Rate Supported – Information Technology Sub-Committee

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Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 24, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Designation of Broadview Public School, 590 Broadview Avenue under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to alter 110 Stanley Avenue, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of St. Anne’s Rectory, 17 Myrand Avenue, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 3180 and 3196 Albion Road South, and a Portion of 2059 Bank Street
  • Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment – 443, 445 and 447 McArthur Avenue
  • 2014 Annual Report Pursuant to the Building Code Act
  • Settlement – Terry Fox Drive School Site
  • License of Occupation for Stormwater Pond 4 – Maple Grove Facility Lands
  • Re-purposing of Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Funds – 99 Parkdale Avenue
  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Planning Committee

Agenda

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, February 25, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Audit Committee – Thursday, February 26, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Ernst & Young LLP 2014 Audit Plan
  • 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Audit Committee
  • Audit Committee Terms of Reference

Agenda

Ottawa Board of Health Member Orientation Session – Friday, February 27, 10 a.m., Champlain Room


Public Information Session – Brigil’s Heritage Hills

I have organized a public information session regarding proposed changes to Brigil’s Heritage Hills Development located at 124 Battersea Crescent.

The Heritage Hills condominium project received site plan approval from the City of Ottawa in 2013 and is currently under construction.  The owners are contemplating some changes to the plan to adapt to changing market conditions.

Brigil and their planning consultants will be present to table their latest development plans and proposed changes for community feedback.

The information session will be held on February 18th 2015 from 7-9 pm

at the Beaverbrook Library, Room A
2500 Campeau Drive (Mlacak Centre)
Ottawa K2K 2W3

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Coyotes in the News

Coyotes have been in the news as of late. I asked Donna Dubreil of the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre to provide a comment for my website on living with Coyotes in Ottawa.

“Ottawa’s abundant green space means that it is home to a wide variety of wildlife.  This includes coyotes.  Coyotes will be more readily spotted during the winter months given the lack of foliage and because they are following their primary food source which is mice.  And, as we know, mice are attracted to shelter around our homes and sheds during the cold months. Coyotes will also be noticed in fields on the Greenbelt or along roads bordering these fields.  They are extremely tolerant of human development and adapt readily to living in close proximity to humans and traffic. 

There are a few basic rules you need to know in co-existing with coyotes, particularly at this time of year:  Keep pets safe, that means walking dogs on leashes.  Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote. Never leave dogs or cats unattended when outside.  Don’t feed coyotes, whether intentionally or unintentionally.  Remove or secure any food source, including garbage, pet food.  Remember birdfeeders attract birds and small animals, which can also attract a coyote.

Discourage bold coyotes by making noise, waving your hands, clapping and shouting.  If you encounter a coyote while walking in a natural area, don’t run, rather wave your arms and make noise until it retreats.  Be ‘Big, Bad and Loud’.  We can enjoy wildlife while reducing risks by respecting each other’s space”.

 

 Living with Coyotes – Feb_2015

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Coyotes are common throughout North America, including in urban areas. You may see and hear them more during mating season (Dec-Feb) and when juveniles are dispersing from family groups (Sept-Nov). These facts and safety tips will help increase comfort and decrease conflicts when living or recreating near North America’s native “Song Dog”.

Coyotes will also be more evident when their habitat has been disturbed due to new development or alteration to existing natural areas. They do adapt to making good use of bordering habitat, so it is important to learn the few basic rules in co-existing with them.

In our climate, Coyotes will be seen more frequently around our properties during late fall and winter in that they are following their primary food source which is mice. And, as we all know, mice seek shelter around our homes and sheds during the cold winter months.
Another significant percentage of a Coyote’s diet consists of fruit like crab apples and berries. It is the reason they are attracted to our properties in the fall and winter months.

FACTS

  • COYOTES are members of the dog family; they are curious, adaptable, and learn quickly.
  • COYOTES often mate for life, are devoted parents, and are highly communicative (barks, yips, howls).
  • COYOTES in this area, known as Eastern coyotes, weigh an average of 30-50 lbs. They live alone, in pairs, or in small family groups.
  • COYOTES eat large numbers of rodents, as well as fruit, vegetation, insects and carrion. They help keep ecosystems vital, healthy and clean.
  • COYOTES are extremely tolerant of human development and adapt readily to living in close proximity to humans and traffic.

SAFETY

  • DON’T FEED COYOTES. Their life and your safety depend on Coyotes remaining wild and naturally wary of people. Remove or secure any food source, including garbage, composters, pet food, fruit and berries. Remember, birdfeeders attract birds and small animals, which Coyotes feed on.
  • KEEP PETS SAFE. Pets left unattended are a potential food source for animals like Coyotes and fishers. For smaller dogs and cats this means keeping them indoors and staying with them while outside. For larger dogs, it is good to keep them contained in a fenced yard or dog run. Walk dogs on leashes. Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote.
  • DISCOURAGE BOLD COYOTES. Because Coyotes have become used to seeing people, some may appear bold on occasion. You should discourage this behaviour by making noise, waving your hands, clapping and shouting.
  • ENCOUNTERING A COYOTE WHILE WALKING. Don`t run. Wave your arms and make noise until he retreats. Be ‘Big, Bad and Loud’

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Community Meeting Notice: OC TRANSPO Routes 60 and 64

You are invited to a community meeting, which I’ve organized for users of the 60, 64 and 68 routes to discuss their issues with the service they are receiving since changes were introduced at the end of December. Pat Scrimgeour, OC Transpo Assistant General Manager of Customer Systems & Planning, and Troy Charter, Assistant General Manager of Transit Operations, will present information on the function of these revised routes, will respond to concerns submitted by residents regarding the impact of the service changes and answer resident questions.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, Minto Room, 4101 Innovation Drive, Kanata

The revised routes resulted from the need to provide service to a new area in the community that formerly had no transit service. Since no budget had been provided for new routes OC Transpo removed a portion of the former 60 route in Morgan’s Grant and a portion of the former 68 route in Kanata Lakes and created a new route 64 to serve the areas removed as well as the new area needing service. Without additional funding the bus routes in the former 60 and 68 routes were spread among the 3 services, resulting in longer waits between buses on all routes.  There have been many complaints about the service on the #60, #64 and #68 and OC Transpo will be providing information on their investigation of them. Residents are encouraged to offer suggestions to help resolve their concerns as soon as possible.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email me (Marianne.Wilkinson@ottawa.ca) and she will ensure that OC Transpo receives your comments in advance of the community meeting.


Radon Gas

Thank you to everyone who attended my Public Information Session on Radon Gas January 26th.  It was open to residents from across the City and over 120 people attended.  I hope you found it informative. Health Canada and Tarion Warranty presented and City of Ottawa Staff from the Building Department were on hand to assist with questions.

If you were not able to attend the radon information session, you will find some links below to sites where you can find more information.

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exclamation (4)Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment, coming from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks.  It is widely found in homes across Canada.  It does not tend to be an issue outside, as it dilutes to harmless levels in the atmosphere. However, in a confined space – like a basement – radon can accumulate to high levels.  Exposure to high concentrations of radon can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.

This meeting is open to all residents, not just those in Kanata North, as radon can be found everywhere.  Please let your friends and neighbours across the city know about this information meeting which will both inform you and provide recommendations on actions that can ensure you have a safe level in your home.


City Budget Public Meeting

The budget is being tabled next Wednesday.  We will have little flexibility to add new items this year, but, if savings can be found, then some urgent items may be able to be included.  I welcome ideas on how to save money or increase revenues so we can keep the tax increase down and provide the services needed in the community.  I’ve met with the Mayor and senior staff to discuss issues in the Ward – including the sidewalk to the 417, the raised bike lane on Campeau and the need to cut the weeds in the hydro corridor through Morgan’s Grant.  Please continue to post your budget ideas at budget2015@ottawa.ca or use hash tag #ottbudget on Twitter.  Please send me a copy of your suggestions so I help to get them accepted.

Before Council considers final budget recommendations on Wednesday, March 11, there will be several opportunities for public consultation. In Kanata, the consultation is being held Tuesday, February 10 from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Catholic High School Cafetorium, 180 Katimavik Road.

For additional info and additional dates and times visit: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/budget-and-taxes/budget/public-consultation-and-feedback-0

Draft Budget 2015 maintains momentum on key city-building projects

 Ottawa – Ottawa City Council today received and tabled its first draft budget of its term, which seeks to maintain the momentum of significant city-building projects such as light rail transit, Arts Court, and the Bayview Innovation Centre. The draft budget proposes key investments in affordable housing, community facilities and crime prevention, while keeping taxes and user fees affordable.

“This budget strikes the right balance by keeping life affordable, while continuing to make smart investments in Ottawa’s economy and quality of life,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Signs of momentum are all around us – it’s an exciting time to be in the nation’s capital.”

The budget holds the line on current spending while keeping tax revenue increases to 1.75 per cent, which translates to a 2 per-cent increase for a residential property. This represents an increase of approximately $67 per year for an urban home assessed at $355,000 and $55 per year for a rural home assessed at $355,000.

The budget also proposes a reduction of full-time equivalent positions for the fourth consecutive budget, without harming front-line services. Residents would see transit fares and recreation fee increases capped at reasonable levels, while the garbage fee will be frozen for a third consecutive year.

The budget also includes funding to address the current needs of residents by improving mobility, supporting a new crime prevention strategy and increasing affordable housing to address the needs of our most vulnerable residents.

“This budget will keep daily business on track and help the City meet its financial obligations to the major projects already underway,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “I commend City staff for putting forward a responsible financial plan that will also allow investment in a number of the new initiatives identified in consultation with the Mayor and Councillors.”

The $689.1 million in tax- and rate-supported capital projects across the City includes $448 million in citywide projects of benefit to all residents and $241 million for ward-specific or cross-ward projects. More than half of the total is allocated to investments in the renewal of road, water and wastewater assets.

The budget delivers on the following important aspects that make Ottawa a liveable city for all residents and businesses:

A Caring City

  • Fund a strategy for crime prevention and gang activity.
  • Increase funding for maintenance of Ottawa Community Housing Corporation assets.
  • Enhance and increase funding for the School Crossing Guard Program.
  • Deliver funding for commemoration of the victims of the tragic September 2013 bus-train collision.
  • Involve the City in the renewal of the Ottawa Pride Festival.

A Sustainable City

  • Support the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan, which will see the expansion and improvement of cycling networks and multi-use pathways across the city to make cycling a safe and convenient option for residents.
  • Move the Ottawa River Action Plan forward with the construction of the central storage tunnel, putting in place the last elements of funding from federal partners to match investments from the City and Province.
  • Increase funding for tree planting by $125,000 to $1.3M.

A Prosperous City

  • Modernize Ottawa’s transit system through Light Rail Transit (Stage 1 and Stage 2).
  • Continue the construction of the Confederation Line, the light-rail transit line from Blair Station to Tunney’s Pasture, which is the backbone of the City’s planned light rail network.
  • Prepare for the transition from construction of the Confederation Line to full operations in 2018.
  • Launch the Western Transitway expansion as the City continues to seek funding for Stage 2 of the Light Rail Transit system that will extend to neighbourhoods in the east, west, and south.

An Affordable City

  • Limit the Rate-Supported Water and Sewer Charge increase to 6 per cent, as approved in the latest Long Range Financial Plan.
  • Freeze the garbage fees for the third consecutive year.
  • Limit the average OC Transpo fare increase to 2.5 per cent, while also providing a $4.2-million investment in new and improved service – including increasing bus routes and approximately 5,700 more Para Transpo trips.
  • Reduce 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) City positions, excluding Ottawa Police Services.

Since Term of Council Priorities will be finalized after the 2015 budget is adopted, a funding envelope of $5.4 million within the City Manager’s Office budget and $32 million in the capital budgets has been identified to fund newly established strategic initiatives. These envelopes allow for flexibility over the coming year to ensure public funds spent correspond with priorities once they are set by City Council.

The public will have opportunities to learn more about and comment on the proposed budget by attending any of the four regional budget consultations taking place from Monday, February 9 to Thursday, February 12. Residents are also invited to register as a public delegation to take part in all City Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions, which will meet between Tuesday, February 17 and Thursday, March 5 to consider their 2015 budgets. For full information on the Draft 2015 Budget, visit ottawa.ca/budget2015.

City Council will consider the recommendations received from all public consultations, Committees of Council and relevant Boards at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 11.


Thank you to the W.E.J Recess Guitar Club

A big thank you to the W. Erskine Johnston Public School singers and guitar players and their dedicated teacher Mrs. Stephens for performing the anthem before City Council today (Jan 28).  They did a great job. In my introduction I commented that the group enjoyed playing Top 40 hits like Taylor Swift.  Mayor Jim Watson thanked the group for singing the national anthem and surprised them with a request for an encore performance of Taylor Swift, which the guitar club sang on the spot.  They are great under pressure. The club performed last year at the Kanata North Annual Picnic and our yearly Kanata North Community Appreciation Awards.

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